Seattle events calendar for July 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in July 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Patriotic music

July 1, 2015

0.5 miles south

Star-Spangled Spectacular includes soloists, sing-alongs, and favorite patriotic tunes. Pick up 1 to 4 free tickets before 6 p.m. at Benaroya Hall.

Traditional music

July 3 - 4, 2015

54 miles NW via ferry

Hear masters perform at Festival of American Fiddle Tunes at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend.

Wooden boat festival

July 3 - 5, 2015

1.5 miles north

Find races, boat rides, demonstrations, live music, and food vendors at the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at the Center for Wooden Boats. Free.

Lumberjack festival

July 3 - 6, 2015

28 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Old Mill Days Americana has a lumberjack show, chainsaw carving, ice sculpting, music, beer, car show, and fireworks in Port Gamble.

Welcome new Americans

July 4, 2015

1 mile NW

Watch 500 people from 80 countries become Americans at the emotional naturalization ceremony at Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. Band plays at 11 a.m. Ceremony and speeches at 12 p.m. Free.


July 4, 2015

Many of these are all-day events.

  • Bellevue - Downtown Park 10:05 p.m.
  • Edmonds - Civic Stadium 10 p.m.
  • Everett - Port Gardner Bay 10:20 p.m.
  • Federal Way - Celebration Park 10:15 p.m.
  • Kent - Lake Meridian Park 10 p.m.
  • Kirkland - Marina Park 10:15 p.m.
  • Lakewood - Joint Base Lewis-McChord at dark
  • Renton - Coulon Park 10 p.m.
  • SeaTac - Angle Lake Park 10:15 p.m.
  • Seattle - Gas Works Park 10:10 p.m. (see below)
  • Tacoma - Ruston Way 10:10 p.m. (see below)

Fourth of July - Seattle

July 4, 2015

4 miles north

The Seafair Summer Fourth opens at noon in both Gas Works Park and South Lake Union Park with family activities, entertainment, a beer garden, and food vendors. Fireworks start at 10:10 p.m. Bring no alcohol, fireworks, glass bottles, or pets. Free.

Fourth of July - Bainbridge

July 4, 2015

11 miles west via ferry

Take the Bainbridge Island ferry on foot to the Grand Old Fourth of July for a pancake breakfast, car show, foot race, street fair, beer garden, kids’ activities, parade at 1 p.m., and fireworks at 10:20 p.m. Free.

Fourth of July - Tacoma

July 4, 2015

36 miles south

Tacoma Freedom Fair and Airshow features six music stages, food booths, beer gardens, an air show, and big fireworks show at 10:10 p.m. Donation requested.

Chamber music on a farm

July 4 - Sept. 13, 2015 (weekends from June 27)

56 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry

Hear world-class chamber music on the lawn or in the barn at the Olympic Music Festival in Quilcene. Prices.

Airplanes, cars, motorcycles

July 5, 2015

42 miles SW

Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels is airplanes, flyovers, a car show, race cars, motorcycles, and a beer garden at the Tacoma Narrows Airport.

Chamber music in the city

July 6 - Aug. 1, 2015

0.5 miles south

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival at Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall has free recitals before performances. Repeats in Feb.

Music and wine

July 9, 2015 (6 to 10 p.m.)

0.5 mile west

Sip wine with snacks, and then dance to live music at Wine Rocks on Pier 66, Elliott Hall at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Air show & car show

July 9 - 11, 2015

43 miles north

See 1,000 home-built, classic, vintage, and military airplanes with live music, a beer garden, and kids’ area at Arlington Fly-In at Arlington Municipal Airport.

Kent family festival

July 9 - 12, 2015

20 miles south

Kent Cornucopia Days is a street fair and carnival with food, entertainment, a foot race, dragon boat races, a skateboard tournament, and a parade in Kent.

Tango festival

July 9 - 13, 2015

multiple locations

The five-day Tango Magic festival includes classes for beginners and a professional performance.

Dance performance

July 10 - 11, 2015

0.5 mile west

Seattle Theatre Group presents the annual multi-cultural DANCE This at The Moore Theatre.

Redmond Derby Days

July 10 - 11, 2015

15 miles NE

Redmond Derby Days has a kids’ parade, grand parade, bicycle race, 5K, carnival, beer/wine, and Saturday fireworks at Redmond City Hall Campus.

Beer festival

July 10 - 12, 2015

1 mile NW

Choose from 200 beers at the Seattle International Beerfest. Tickets include beer tokens, or get a non-drinker ticket. Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.

West Seattle festival

July 10 - 12, 2015

6 miles SW

West Seattle Summer Fest is a neighborhood street fair of arts and crafts, shopping, live music, local food, beer gardens, and a kids’ play area. Free.

Garden walks

July 10 - 19, 2015

multiple locations

  • July 10-11 - Take your bike or car on the ferry to see private gardens during Bainbridge in Bloom.
  • July 11 - See private gardens and vote for your favorite on a Garden Tour in White Center. Free.
  • July 12 - See private gardens and artists’ studios on the Georgetown Garden Walk. Free.
  • July 19 - Visit outstanding residential gardens on the West Seattle Garden Tour. Supports charity.

Thomas Train ride

July 10-12 and 18-19, 2015

29 miles east

Day Out With Thomas includes a 25-minute train ride, stories and videos, and crafts for kids at Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. If tickets sell out online, the depot may have some on the event day.

Polish Festival

July 11, 2015

1 mile NW

Polish Festival offers Polish music, dance, beer, food, crafts, and workshops at Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Wallingford family event

July 11, 2015

4 miles north

Wallingford Family Parade & Festival includes a neighborhood parade, craft vendors, food, beer, wine, kids’ activities, and music at Meridian Playground.

Milk Carton Derby

July 11, 2015

5 miles north

See more than 100 boats made of milk cartons compete for speed and style prizes at the Seafair Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake. Free.

Dragon festival

July 11 - 12, 2015

1.5 miles SE

Chinatown International District Dragon Fest is a street fair of Japanese drumming, Chinese martial arts, Filipino and Indian dancing, American jazz, and $2 Asian cuisine in the International District. Free.
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Outdoor plays

July 11 - 12, 2015 (uncertain)

2 miles NE

Watch Shakespeare, family plays, and comic theater at Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival in two locations at Volunteer Park (lawn and amphitheater). Free.

Bicycle to Portland

July 11 - 12, 2015

4 miles NE

The non-competitive 200-mile Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic is one of America’s best. The 10,000 tickets sell out early. Starts north of Husky Stadium.

Ballard seafood festival

July 11 - 12, 2015

6 miles NW

Eat seafood, watch a lutefisk-eating contest, hear music, see art, visit the family stage, and enjoy the BeerFest at the Ballard SeafoodFest. You may even spot a Viking at this free Scandinavian event.

Wedgwood Art Festival

July 11 - 12, 2015

7 miles NE

The small Wedgwood Art Festival features local artists, music, puppets, food, and fun at Our Lady of the Lake at 35th Ave. NE & NE 89th St. Free.

Tacoma art festival

July 12, 2015

38 miles south

Music and art lovers converge on 6th Avenue in Tacoma for Art on the Ave, which has live music, local-restaurant food, and art installations. Free.

Glass-school open house

July 12, 2015

53 miles north

Watch hot glass demonstrations by artists, take a tour of the campus founded by Dale Chihuly, buy glass art, and do glass activities at the Pilchuck Glass School Open House in Stanwood. Buy tickets online.

White Center Jubilee Days

July 15 - 19, 2015

9 miles south

White Center Jubilee Days has a carnival, street fair, fireworks, car show, parade, and kids’ center. Free.

Olympia summer festival

July 15 - 19, 2015

65 miles south

Lakefair at Capital Lake includes a carnival, food booths, entertainment, 3K and 8K runs, a Saturday parade, and Sunday fireworks. Free.

Sand castle competition

July 15 - 19, 2015

172 miles SW

Watch professional sand sculptors both in town and at the beach during Sandsations at Long Beach. Enjoy a bonfire, hot dogs, pet parade, and kids’ area. Free.

Forest music festival

July 16 - 18, 2015

27 miles east

Timber Outdoor Music Festival features 26 artists and camping at rural Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation.

King County Fair

July 16 - 19, 2015

45 miles SE

The King County Fair has food, music, magic shows, a carnival, racing pigs, and 4-H animal exhibits at the Enumclaw Expo Center.

Free music festival

July 17 - 18, 2015

171 miles east

Basin Summer Sounds is a family friendly multi-genre music festival outside the historic Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata. Free.

Bite of Seattle

July 17 - 19, 2015

1 mile NW

Buy tastes from 50 restaurants at the Bite of Seattle, which also has cooking demos, wine tasting, a beer garden, and entertainment. The Alley near Key Arena has a package of 7 gourmet tastes to support charity. Friday is least crowded. Free entry at Seattle Center.

Kirkland wine tasting

July 17 - 19, 2015

11 miles NE

Enjoy art, food, wine, vendors, and a boat show on the lakeshore at Kirkland Uncorked at Marina Park.

Vashon strawberry festival

July 17 - 19, 2015

16 miles SW via Fauntleroy ferry

The free Vashon Island Strawberry Festival has music, dance, parades, carnival rides, a pancake breakfast, beer garden, and 200 vendors.

Lavender festival

July 17 - 19, 2015

66 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Sequim Lavender Festival features lavender, crafts, food, beer, wine, music, and farm tours. Free.

Darrington Bluegrass Festival

July 17 - 19, 2015

75 miles NE

Hear great music in the park, visit food vendors, and camp at Darrington Bluegrass Festival.

Phinney beer tasting

July 18, 2015

5 miles north

Enjoy micro brews, pub food, and music outdoors at the Summer Beer Taste at Phinney Neighborhood Center. No kids or pets.

Burien block party

July 18, 2015

12 miles south

Olde Burien Block Party features live music, beer gardens, and food vendors on SW 152nd St. Free.

Family-friendly festival

July 18, 2015 (uncertain)

16 miles north

Celebrate! Music & Dance Festival includes art, wine & food trucks at Lynnwood Convention Center. Free.

Bremerton beer tasting

July 18, 2015

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Walk on the ferry to Bremerton Summer BrewFest for summer beers from two-dozen state breweries, live music, and snacks. No dogs.

Snoqualmie bike ride

July 18, 2015 (uncertain)

30 miles east

Ride 25, 50, or 100 miles in beautiful Snoqualmie Valley with snacks and an after-party on the Tour de Peaks Bike Ride, which begins in North Bend.

Obstacle race

July 18, 2015

40 miles south

Overcome mud, fire, ropes, and barricades to complete the 3.2 mile Warrior Dash for a medal and T-shirt at Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake.

Japanese festival

July 18 - 19, 2015

1.7 miles SE

Honor our ancestors at Bon Odori Festival with traditional dancing, Taiko drums, martial arts, and Japanese food & crafts at Seattle Buddhist Church.

Belly dancing festival

July 18 - 19, 2015

6 miles SW

Watch belly dancing outdoors in Hiawatha Park and inside the community center, and visit food trucks and vendors at the Mediterranean Fantasy Festival. Free.

Medieval village

July 18 - 19, 2015

27 miles east

Saint James Faire opens at noon with craft shops, archery and sword demonstrations, puppetry, music, dance, and lunch (dinner by reservation), at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Maritime festival

July 18 - 19, 2015

35 miles south

Celebrate Tacoma’s rich maritime history with tours, tall ships, music, magicians, and food vendors at Tacoma Maritime Fest at Thea’s Park. Free.

Chinatown parade

July 19, 2015

1.5 miles SE

Chinatown Seafair Parade features lion and dragon dances, martial arts, and the Chinese Girls Drill Team in the international district. Route map.

Tacoma food truck festival

July 19, 2015

34 miles south

Food Truck Fest features 12 food trucks and nonstop live music at Wright Park in Tacoma. Free entry.

Wine at the zoo

July 24, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

5 miles north

Bring a glass and ID to taste boutique wines from 30 wineries on the North Meadow of Woodland Park Zoo at Tasting Flight, which includes live music, animal encounters, and optional picnic food. Sells out.

Capitol Hill Block Party

July 24 - 26, 2015

1 mile east

Capitol Hill Block Party is a three-day rock festival of 80 bands and DJs, craft booths, and food trucks.

Bellevue art fair

July 24 - 26, 2015

11 miles east

Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair is one of America’s biggest and best. Find the top artists in the covered parking garage west of Bellevue Square. Free.

Renton art fair

July 24 - 26, 2015

16 miles SE

The 25th annual Renton River Days offers arts and crafts, recreation, food, entertainment, and kids’ activities in Liberty Park. Free.

Vintage car show

July 24 - 26, 2015

37 miles south

See 3,000 custom, classic, and muscle cars and trucks plus hot rods at the Pacific Northwest Nationals at the Puyallup fairgrounds.

Dragon Boat Festival

July 25, 2015

1 mile north

Seattle Dragon Boat Festival has entertainment, kids’ activities, food, vendors, and exciting dragon boat races at South Lake Union Park. Free.

Torchlight parade

July 25, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Colorful floats, drill teams, and pirates fill Seattle’s streets during the Seafair Torchlight Parade. Attend the pre-parade FanFest at Seattle Center to see exhibits, view floats, and meet participants. Free.

Solar festival

July 25, 2015

11 miles north

Shoreline Community College hosts the Northwest SolarFest 2015, a renewable energy and sustainable living fair. Hear live music and see 100 exhibitors and vendors plus electric vehicles. Free.

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival

July 25, 2015

45 miles SW

Visit tasting tents, see cooking demonstrations and celebrity chefs, and attend a seminar at Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival on the historic waterfront.

Alki Point art fair

July 25 - 26, 2015

6 miles SW

Alki Art Fair draws 10,000 visitors to browse arts and crafts, and hear music near the beach. Free.

Scottish festival

July 25 - 26, 2015

43 miles SE

Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering is an athletic competition that also has colorful pipe bands, Scottish food and drink, and vendors, at the Expo Center in Enumclaw. Friday events are only in the evening, and free. No pets.

Mushroom festival

July 25 - 26, 2015

55 miles south

Enjoy mushroom hors d’oeuvres, cooking demos, a kids' zone, music, a 5K on Fri., and wine tasting on Sat. at Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival, Lacey.

Classic car show

July 26, 2015

15 miles NE

See 400 classic cars and motorcycles near the lake at the Kirkland Classic Car Show. Free.

Kitsap County bike ride

July 26, 2015

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Take your bike on the Bremerton Ferry, and then cruise 10 to 100 rural miles in Tour de Kitsap.

Welcome ships & sailors

July 29 - Aug. 2, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Seafair Fleet Week begins Wednesday with a Parade of Ships in Elliott Bay and parade of aircraft in the sky, followed by ship tours Thursday to Sunday for ages 8 and older on the Seattle waterfront. Free.

Christian music

July 30 - Aug. 1, 2015

216 miles SE

Creation Festival Northwest offers live music, kids’ activities, and a worship tent in Kennewick.

Movies and beer

July 31, 2015

3.5 miles north

See short films and buy 20 varieties of beer at Clips Beer & Film Tour in Gas Works Park. Age 21+. Free.

Seafair air show & hydroplane races

July 31 - Aug. 2, 2015

5 miles SE

Watch hydroplanes race on Lake Washington in the Albert Lee Cup. The free Boeing Air Show overhead includes the Blue Angels and the Patriots Jet Team. Plan for closures of the Interstate 90 Bridge.

Concerts at the locks

July 2015 (undated)

6 miles NW

Summer concerts on the lawn at the Ballard Locks are free. Bring a picnic, but no alcohol. Free.

Concerts downtown

July 2015 (undated)

Downtown Seattle

Hear free music at Out to Lunch Concert Series on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. See schedule.

Jazz Port Townsend

July 2015 (undated)

54 miles NW via ferry

Jazz Port Townsend is held at Fort Ward State Park.

Neighborhood festival

July 2015 (undated)

5 miles NE

Bull Moose Festival has music, beer, food vendors, a fashion show, dog show, scavenger hunt, and exhibits on healthy and sustainable living at 68th & Roosevelt.

Filipino Festival

July 2015 (undated)

6 miles SE

Pista sa Nayon has food, entertainment, arts & crafts booths, and children’s games in Seward Park. Free.

Waterfront family day

July 2015 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Waterfront Whimsea Family Fun Day is a small event with family entertainment at Waterfront Park. Free.
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